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Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch

On 26/10/2005 Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Humberto Massa <humberto.massa@almg.gov.br> writes:
> > Problem being, if daemons don't remove their (supposedly exclusive-use)
> > accounts, you can end in two years with 100 unnecessary accounts in a
> > workstation.
> And what bad results does this produce?

it produces at least a bloated passwd/group/shadow file. This is reason
enough to consider possible solutions.
i agree with Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena that accounts should be
removed by the packages which created them. As a backdoor, the adduser
package could ask once via debconf whether you want to keep accounts
after package purge, for sysadmins who don't want system accounts to
be removed at package purges.

i quite understand that some sysadmins don't like the idea of system
accounts being removed at package purge, but others don't like the idea
of a bloated /etc/passwd, so the best would be to provide both
possibilities. that could be realized by a appropriate debconf question.


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